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Is it common to have an ultrasound after spot breast mammogram?

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Dr. Hashim Alani
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ultrasound

May be needed to determine the diagnosis of a mass?

In brief: Ultrasound

May be needed to determine the diagnosis of a mass?
Dr. Hashim Alani
Dr. Hashim Alani
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Yes,

If the spot mammogram demonstrates an abnormality, it is common to use ultrasound for further evaluation.

In brief: Yes,

If the spot mammogram demonstrates an abnormality, it is common to use ultrasound for further evaluation.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: It depends

If you have a lump that can be felt, it's likely the radiologist will want an ultrasound as well as mammogram.
Mammogram uses x-rays to see calcifications that might indicate a breast cancer, while ultrasound uses sound waves to see different characteristics of breast tissue such as blood flow, size and shape of a lump and whether it's solid or cystic. Ultrasound is also used to guide biopsy.

In brief: It depends

If you have a lump that can be felt, it's likely the radiologist will want an ultrasound as well as mammogram.
Mammogram uses x-rays to see calcifications that might indicate a breast cancer, while ultrasound uses sound waves to see different characteristics of breast tissue such as blood flow, size and shape of a lump and whether it's solid or cystic. Ultrasound is also used to guide biopsy.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: Yes, if...

...The mammogram finds a "density", the ultrasound is very useful for determining if that density is solid (a tumor) or fluid-filled (a cyst).
If solid and suspicious for cancer, ultrasound-guided needle biopsy can then be done for definitive diagnosis. In general, mammography & ultrasound are complementary to one another.

In brief: Yes, if...

...The mammogram finds a "density", the ultrasound is very useful for determining if that density is solid (a tumor) or fluid-filled (a cyst).
If solid and suspicious for cancer, ultrasound-guided needle biopsy can then be done for definitive diagnosis. In general, mammography & ultrasound are complementary to one another.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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